The Cubs begin the final series of the regular season tonight (6:10pm CDT) at Great American Ball Park. Right-hander Jake Buchanan makes his first start for the Cubs in another bullpen game. The Reds are sending righty Josh Smith to the hill. And Joe Maddon has his regulars on the lineup card.
Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist are back in the starting nine after getting five-plus innings off Thursday. Addison Russell is at short and Miguel Montero is catching Jake Buchanan.
Chris Coghlan is back in after leaving Wednesday’s game with a mild left ankle sprain.
Cubs batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Kris Bryant 3B, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Jason Heyward RF, Addison Russell SS, Chris Coghlan LF, Miguel Montero C, Jake Buchanan P
Jorge Soler is expected to play tonight. His status for the game is unknown at this point.
Maddon begins the game with a bench of David Ross, Willson Contreras, Tim Federowicz, Munenori Kawasaki, Matt Szczur, Albert Almora Jr., Tommy La Stella and Javier Baez.
The Cubs are going for win No. 102 and to begin the final weekend of the regular season with a victory over the Reds.